James Bennet Joins NY Times, Andrew Rosenthal Steps Down

Rosenthal will focus on writing columns.

The siren song of the New York Times is impossible to ignore. Hours after learning the Times was trying to bring The Atlantic’s editor James Bennet back, it’s official — he’ll return as editorial page editor.

Andrew Rosenthal, who served as editorial page editor for the past decade, has stepped down from the role. Instead, he’ll be writing more columns, covering a wide array of subjects.

“I feel very honored to have served in this position for longer than any editorial page editor in the modern history of The Times and during a period of such sweeping change, both in our business and in the world we cover,” said Rosenthal, in a statement. “It’s been a great challenge and great fun. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to step back and focus my full attention on writing about subjects I care deeply about.”

Of Bennet’s return, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger said, “I am delighted that James has agreed to return to The Times where he did so much exceptional work over 15 years. When we lost him to The Atlantic ten years ago, those of us who worked with him knew that he would usher in the resurgence of that great publication. He’s done that and more.”

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